Also called boulle·work [bool-wurk] /ˈbulˌwɜrk/.
or boule, boulle
- elaborate inlaid work of woods, metals, tortoiseshell, ivory, etc.
Origin of buhl
1815–25; from Germanized form of French boulle or boule, named after A. C. Boulle or Boule (1642–1732), French cabinetmaker
Also called buhl·work [bool-wurk] /ˈbulˌwɜrk/, boulework, boullework.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for boulle
With this work the name of Boulle is indissolubly associated.
Buhl, or Boulle, is inlaid work with tortoise-shell or metals in arabesques or cartouches.
Boulle was given an apartment in the Louvre and for his great master the celebrated bniste composed his choicest work.
When there are only two slices of material the technical term for them is Boulle and Counter.
Collecting was to Boulle a mania of which, says his friend, it was impossible to cure him.
boule or buhl
- denoting or relating to a type of marquetry of patterned inlays of brass and tortoiseshell, occasionally with other metals such as pewter, much used on French furniture from the 17th century
- Also called: boullework something ornamented with such marquetry
C18: named after André Charles Boulle (1642–1732), French cabinet-maker
- the usual US spelling of boulle